OFFICIAL: Trey Lance To Start For San Francisco 49ers As Jimmy Garoppolo Ruled Out

Published 10/09/2021, 9:12 AM EDT
October 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green (94) during the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


San Francisco 49ers rookie QB Trey Lance might be going through mixed emotions right now, with the official news that he will be the starting QB for the first time in his career so far, but against a team who has gone unbeaten throughout their four weeks into the 2021 regular season.

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Although it is a make-or-break situation for the youngster as a win against them will not only help build a reputation but also get Niners a much-needed W to stay alive in the NFC West division race after suffering two straight losses against the Packers and the Seahawks.

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Trey Lance steps up against the Cardinals

Trey Lance has been the subject of the news so far as the 29-year-old Jimmy G has missed the Niners’ practice for three straight days with a calf injury. And the staff is willing to bet on him as he has gotten a lot of valuable reps.

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Niners general manager John Lynch revealed, “Jimmy was in a considerable amount of pain. Got kneed in the calf, and that’s just kind of shut that whole area down. It makes it hard when it’s your right foot because that’s your push foot. It just rendered him to where he couldn’t play.”

Kyle Shanahan on Lance

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However, head coach Kyle Shanahan said that the anointment isn’t to state Lance as their starter, “Our starting QB is out, and if he was 100%, he’d be starting.” Evidently for Shanahan, Lance, as a starting QB isn’t the ideal decision to make just yet, but in the absence of Jimmy, he seems to be in a pleasing form.

As for the rookie, it is a golden opportunity to prove his worth and what he can accomplish even against unbeaten teams like the Cardinals. Although along with Lance, Nate Sudfeld also steps up as the QB2 in the Week 5 roster of the Niners in case the Lance trump card doesn’t play out as planned.

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However, Lance being a competitive young QB, won’t let the moment slip out of his hands. He will be planning to take the Cardinals by surprise and seal a much-needed win for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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